Jussel: Pipe dream for Broncos: Romo or Rivers at QB
I have ordered my new GX7 golf club. It is guaranteed to be longer and straighter than my current driver — and it only cost $199.
I also ordered a new C3I sand wedge, guaranteed to take a stroke off on every hole and always capable of getting the ball out of the sand. It only cost $99.
This will likely be my last column in The Daily Sentinel. As soon as those clubs arrive, I will sell my house and hit the road for the next PGA Tour Champions qualifier since my handicap will drop from the mid-teens to a minus-3 or minus-4. No one on the senior set will be able to mess with me, especially if I find a putter that works.
All is good on that front.
Now to the Denver Broncos, where all faces are also now smiley.
The reason, of course, is the hiring of new coach Vance Joseph and the subsequent revamping — I should say upgrading — of his staff.
Yes, Wade Phillips is gone as defensive coordinator and that is sad. But be happy for Wade in the fact that he wrangled a glitzy 3-year contract out of the Los Angeles Rams. Wade, unemployed only two years ago and seemingly headed into a forced retirement, has landed on his feet again.
Overshadowing Phillips’ departure is the fancy double play that Joseph and GM John Elway turned in hiring Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator and GJ’s own Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach.
Welcome to a new way of doing business in Denver.
You think my GX7 and C3I are big? McCoy and Musgrave will turn the AFC West upside down because Joseph will allow them to.
Joseph said upon his Denver introduction he wants an attacking offense, saying when he was a defensive coordinator he loved playing against conservative offenses, didn’t enjoy coaching against teams that were aggressive and unpredictable.
McCoy’s offenses have ranged from Kyle Orton throwing on virtually every down to Tim Tebow running the read-option to Peyton Manning throwing on virtually every down — and that was in Denver. When McCoy became head coach in San Diego, his offenses were led by Philip Rivers, who threw the ball all over the field, sometimes side-armed, sometimes underhanded, most often for completions. The blossoming of running back Melvin Gordon balanced the Charger attack this past season.
As for Musgrave, all he did was turn the Oakland Raiders into one of the top offenses in the league with Derek Carr turning into one of the league’s top QBs, a master at going deep to a talented wide receiving corps. Oh yes, Musgrave also went so far as to put eight monsters in the offensive lineup to simply run over the top of the Broncos in their first matchup this season. Whatever it takes.
These two offensive minds will shake things up big-time for the Broncos — and they will certainly help Denver’s young QBs, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, improve.
Somehow, I cannot see McCoy and Musgrave going into the next season with those two at quarterback.
Think back. Think back to the late afternoon five years ago when I was in Jeff Wendland’s accounting office in Fruita. Surely you remember Wendland saying to me — and I sort of quote — “You watch; John Elway is going to sign Peyton Manning.”
My reply, of course, again sort of quoting, “Jeff, you’re crazy.”
Approximately one week later, Manning became a Bronco.
John Elway is still in charge in Denver. As far as I can tell, his spots haven’t changed. The Broncos are going to have between $40 and $60 million to spend on free agents, surely with about half of that going to linemen.
Elway is the Nick Saban of professional football: When he recruits, he gets his man.
Denver has a defense that is rivaled by very few — and will have it together for another two or three years before the big bucks will again have to be directed that way.
They have two brilliant offensive minds to conjure up trick after trick. They will find linemen.
Why would they not go find a quality veteran quarterback who might be able to play two, three or four years?
Tony Romo will be available by hook or crook.
Even Rivers might be available via trade with the Chargers moving to La-La Land and having to start over.
Maybe. So was the Champions Tour until I ordered two new golf clubs.